The Great Wall (Jian Kou)

After browsing recipe after recipe, it’s time to visually burn off those calories.

 Normally I don’t blog about anything but food but this was an adventure that needs to be shared. Information and pictures about this area is sparse and I’m feeling a bit, shall we say, generous. Sharing is caring, or something cheesy like that.

Welcome to the Great Wall – untouched since the 1300s.

This section is called “Jian Kou”  aka Arrow Nock and features some of the most precarious and dangerous towers of the Great Wall built during the Ming dynasty.

Can’t read Chinese…or English, for that matter.

You are here, at the bottom. The Great Wall is perched on the ridge of those mountains. Start hiking, buddy!

The itinerary: Take a 1.5 hour drive from Beijing to a remote and rural village. Hike up the mountain for another hour and then begin your trek on the Great Wall. Walk, hike, crawl, and rock-climb your way up and down the desolate and beautiful Great Wall.

Intimidated? Let’s be honest here. I’ve never rock-climbed before. I can barely run a mile without huffing and puffing at the end (here, here little piggies. Oops, I’m not food-blogging right now).

Good sense of adventure? Check

Determination to hold on at no cost? you better!

“I have no idea what I’m getting myself into…but hell, let’s do it!” Check

Be ready for some rock climbing and just make sure you test the stability of a rock before putting your weight on it. The towers are more intimidating than in the pictures but don’t let that dissuade you from climbing it! This was one of the best adventures and places I’ve ever visited and I would gladly go again (this time overnight for two days!)

That being said, it is absolutely critical to hire an experienced guide to take you through these areas.If he doesn’t mention the word ‘rope,’ it’s time to start looking for another guide. Climbing some of these towers requires the use of a rope – unless you’re some super experienced rock-climber.

 

 

 

6 thoughts on “The Great Wall (Jian Kou)

    • I just realized you posted your Great Wall adventure thru your food blog. OMG, you should be thankful you got back in one piece.

  1. Hi there,

    My name is Tiffany, and I’m a freelance writer for Shape.com. I’m reaching out to you because I recently came across your amazing site and truly enjoyed it. I am currently working on putting together a recipe slideshow, Healthy Dishes You Can Cook With Taro, for Shape.com, and I was wondering if I could include your delicious-sounding taro tapioca dessert or mashed taro recipe in the slideshow. We always provide credit to the site and a linkback, and it would be an honor to feature either of those recipes (or any other taro recipe you might have in mind!).

    My deadline is this coming Wednesday evening, so I would truly appreciate a prompt response if possible! Please let me know as I would love to work with you on this.

    Thank you so much!

    Best,
    Tiffany

  2. Well done ! You are so brave and adventurous! These are great pictures of the Great Wall! Which reminds me… I should go through my India pictures and post some. Having read this I thought it was rather informative. I appreciate you finding the time and energy to put this article together. I once again find myself personally spending a significant amount of time both reading and leaving comments. But so what, it was still worth it! In return, I also found a great blog of Jinshanling travel tips, I’d love to share it here with you and for future travelers. http://www.wildgreatwall.com/how-difficult-is-it-to-do-great-wall-one-day-hike-from-jinshanling-to-simatai-west/

  3. Thanks for the great photos. I visited there with a Chinese-led group tour in 1992, but was careless with my film in those pre-digital-camera days. It looks just like I remembered it, but now I can show these photos to my husband to convey what I remember. The Wall and the Terracotta Army of Xi’an, the Forbidden City, and the picturesque peaks along the river at Yangshuo all vie for most memorable sights of that trip. I will never forget standing atop that fabled wall.

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